Stop Cuts to Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College Administration: Cheryl Roberts, President; Marisa Herrera, VP of Student Equity and Success; Philip King, Executive VP of Student Learning & Success; Dawn Beck, VP of Business & Administrative Services; Veronica Zura, Executive

Intended and potential budget cuts to Shoreline Community College staff will reduce the number of our already grossly underrepresented faculty and staff of color, including programs, departments, and services that historically provide instruction and support for our Students of Color and our marginalized students, and the larger Shoreline community.

Petition by
Eli Chiaviello
Seattle, Washington

To: Shoreline Community College Administration: Cheryl Roberts, President; Marisa Herrera, VP of Student Equity and Success; Philip King, Executive VP of Student Learning & Success; Dawn Beck, VP of Business & Administrative Services; Veronica Zura, Executive
From: [Your Name]

We the undersigned are students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members who are greatly concerned about the future of Shoreline Community College (Shoreline CC). The Shoreline CC Administration has recently announced several lay-offs and program closures because of reported budget shortfalls. These cuts are an unacceptable disinvestment in our future workforce, our community, and our families.

This is an unconscionable time for the school’s administration to attempt to shrink Shoreline CC when we are fighting a pandemic, high unemployment, and threats to our healthcare system and insurance.

Students are already struggling to overcome significant obstacles to their educational goals with the necessity of online learning in the time of COVID, and they are looking for more support from Shoreline CC, not less.

Reductions in Enrollment Services will make it more challenging for students who depend on our frontline employees and will ensure lower enrollment in the future.

The intended cuts will reduce the number of our already grossly underrepresented faculty and staff of color, including programs, departments, and services that historically provide instruction and support for our Students of Color and our marginalized students.

Current programs targeted for elimination and layoffs/reductions in the programs include:
• Business Technology-- professional-technical program
• Education--Transfer and professional-technical programs
• Geography--transfer program

Other programs that would see Layoffs/Reductions include:
• Advising for our Running Start students
• Counseling
• Humanities
• Biotech
• Technology Support Services

Other programs that have been identified for potential layoffs/reductions:
• English
• Mathematics
• Art
• Music Technology
• English as a Second Language (ESL).

We call on the Shoreline CC Administration to stop the cuts, protect our programs, and work with our local unions, students, and the community constituents to strengthen Shoreline CC’s commitment to affordable, accessible higher education for Shoreline students today and in the future.